Religious Calendar

The UIC Senate Policy on religious holidays (approved May 25, 1988) is below:

"The faculty of the University of Illinois at Chicago shall make every effort to avoid scheduling examinations or requiring that student projects be turned in or completed on religious holidays. Students who wish to observe their religious holidays shall notify the faculty member by the tenth day of the semester of the date when they will be absent unless the religious holiday is observed on or before the tenth day of the semester. In such cases, the students shall notify the faculty member at least five days in advance of the date when he/she will be absent. The faculty member shall make every reasonable effort to honor the request, not penalize the student for missing the class, and if an examination or project is due during the absence, give the student an exam or assignment equivalent to the one completed by those students in attendance. If the student feels aggrieved, he/she may request remedy through the campus grievance procedure."

Academic Year Holidays and Religious Days of Special Observance

2018-2019 Academic Year 2019-2020 Academic Year Holiday or Observance Affiliation Notes
5/15/2018 # 5/5/2019 # Beginning of Ramadan # Islamic
6/10/2018 # 5/31/2019 # Laylat al Kadr Islamic
6/14/2018 # 6/3/2019 # Eid al-Fitr Islamic
8/27/2018 8/26/2019 Instruction Begins
8/20/2018 sunset to 8/21/2018 sunset # 8/10/2019 sunset to 8/11/2019 sunset # Eid al-Adha # Islamic
9/2/2018 * 8/28/2019 * Janmashtami Hinduism
9/3/2018 9/2/2019 Labor Day - No Classes National University Holiday
9/9/2018 sunset to 9/11/2018 sunset 9/29/2019 sunset to 10/1/2019 sunset* Rosh Hashanah (New Year)* Jewish
9/18/2018 sunset to 9/19/2018 sunset* 10/8/2019 sunset to 10/9/2019 sunset* Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)* Jewish
9/20/2018 sunset to 9/21/2018 sunset # 9/9/2019 sunset to 9/10/2019 # Ashura # Islamic, Shia
9/23/2018 sunset to 9/30/2018 sunset * 10/13/2019 sunset to 10/20/2019 sunset * Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)* Jewish Primary Obligation Days Sep 24-25, 2018
9/30/2018 sunset to 10/2/2018 sunset * 10/20/2019 sunset to 10/22/2019 sunset Shemini Atzert/ Simchat Torah* Jewish Primary Obligation Days Sep 30-Oct 2, 2018
10/19/2018 10/8/2019 Dussehra (Vijaya Dashami) Hinduism
11/6/2018 or 11/7/2018 * 10/27/2019 or 10/29/2019 * Diwali* Hinduism
11/9/2018 10/29/2019 sunset to 10/30/2019 sunset Birth of Bha'u'llah* Baha'i
11/20/2018 sunset to 11/21/2018 sunset # 11/9/2019 sunset to 11/10/2019 sunset # Mawlid al-Nabi # Islamic
11/22/2018 11/28/2019 Thanksgiving - No Classes National University Holiday
11/23/2018 11/29/2019 Designated Holiday #1 University Except for Group B**
12/14/2018 12/13/2019 Last Day of Finals
12/2/2018 sunset to 12/10/2018 sunset 12/22/2019 sunset to 12/30/2019 sunset Hanukkah (Chanukah) Jewish Commemorative - does not require absence from work
12/25/2018 12/25/2019 Christmas Observed National University Holiday
12/26/2018 to 1/1/2019 12/26/2019 to 1/1/2020 Kwanzaa Interfaith / African American Commemorative - does not require absence from work
12/26/2018 12/26/2019 Designated Holiday #2 University
1/1/2019 1/1/2020 New Years Day Observed National University Holiday
1/7/2019 1/7/2020 Orthodox Christmas Orthodox Christian Orthodox
1/14/2019 1/13/2020 Instruction Begins
1/21/2019 1/20/2020 Martin Luther King Day National University Holiday
3/4/2019* 2/21/2020 Maha Shivarti* Hinduism
3/20/2019 sunset to 3/21/2019 sunset 3/9/2020 sunset to 3/10/2020 sunset Purim Jewish
3/20/2019 sunset to 3/21/2019 sunset* 3/9/2020 sunset to 3/10/2020 sunset Holi* Hinduism
3/25/2019 to 3/29/2019 3/23/2020 to 3/27/2020 Spring Break - No Classes University
4/8/2019 4/30/2020 Visakha Puja Buddhist
4/19/2019 4/10/2020 Good Friday Christian
4/13/2019 4/13/2020 Vaisakhi Sikh
4/21/2019 4/12/2020 Easter Christian
4/20/2019 sunset to 4/21/2019 sunset* 4/8/2020 sunset to 4/9/2020 sunset* Passover (Pesach) - First Two Days* Jewish Primary Obligation Days Apr 20-21, 2019
4/26/2019 sunset to 4/27/2019 sunset* 4/15 sunset to 4/16 sunset* Passover (Pesach) - Last Two Days* Jewish Primary Obligation Days Apr 26-27, 2019
4/26/2019 4/17/2020 Orthodox Good Friday Orthodox Christian
4/28/2019 4/19/2020 Orthodox Easter Orthodox Christian
5/10/2019 5/8/2020 Last Day of Finals
5/20/2019 5/18/2020 Four Week Instruction Begins
5/27/2019 5/25/2020 Memorial Day National University Holiday
6/8/2019 sunset to 6/10/2019 sunset* 5/28/2020 sunset to 6/30/2020 Shavuot* Jewish
6/14/2019 6/12/2020 Four Week Session Ends
6/17/2019 6/15/2020 Eight Week Instruction
7/4/2019 7/4/2020 (7/3/2020 University Holiday) Independence Day National University Holiday
8/9/2019 8/7/2020 Eight Week Sessions Ends

This list is NOT all-inclusive and customs may use a variation of the dates listed. If a holiday is not listed, that does not mean the holiday is not observed.

Shabbat (Jewish) is observed every Friday from sunset until Saturday sunset.
* These holidays have been designated non-work days by the religions that celebrate them.
** Group B – For employees working in the hospital, clinics, Office for the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services, all departments under the Department of Facilities Management and Capital Programs, Environmental Health and Safety, Telecommunications Services, Facility and Space Planning, UIC Police Department, Campus Auxiliary Services, and Biological Resources Laboratory.
# Some of these dates are not fixed to a calendar but are based on the actual sighting of the moon and/or astronomical calculations, therefore there may be some variance by a day.